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Increase Oral Cancer Detection

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INCREASE
EARLY DETECTION
OF ORAL CANCER
A Society of Behavioral Medicine Call to Action
Early detection can make a huge difference for oral cancer patients. 2/3 of oral cancers appear on the tongue and floor of the mouth, making them visible during dental exams.


But many adults don’t receive regular dental care,
and most primary care doctors aren’t trained to do oral exams.
  • Perform oral exams as a routine part of patient care.

  • Tell patients about oral cancers and their risk factors.

  • Evaluate potentially malignant oral lesions properly.
  • Expand Medicaid to cover adult dental services.

  • Increase Medicaid reimbursement for dental services.

  • Require dental care under any Affordable Care Act changes or replacement legislation.
How Healthcare Providers Can Help
How Legislators Can Help